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Ben Roethlisberger And Pittsburgh Steelers Headed For Drama-Filled Offseason

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Drama unfolds as Ben Roethlisberger contemplates retirement, Antonio Brown pouts, and Le’Veon Bell’s not-so-secret injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers are headed towards an extremely dramatic offseason. Just two nights after their season ended, the Steelers are already making headlines. On Tuesday morning, Ben Roethlisberger held a press conference that woke everyone up with it’s drama-filled content.

Ben Roethlisberger has contemplated retirement before, as some can remember a few years back when he took a brutal beating by the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. He had talked about “leaving the game in one piece,” and he shared similar feelings on Tuesday morning. Roethlisberger is always the type of guy to wear his heart on his sleeve, and he didn’t hold anything back.

“I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season. Injuries are always a key thing. We saw Heath Miller, the head injuries are always a big thing. I’m not saying I’m not coming back or anything like that, I’m just saying that at this point my career, and at my age, I think its prudent to think about it. You want to be able to leave this game in a healthy spot, you don’t want to be ‘carted out.’”

Roethlisberger compared his situation to that of Heath Miller‘s this past offseason. Miller believes that he could have played one more season, but decided to retire for the sake of his health and time spent with his family. James Harrison is going through a similar situation right now at the age of 38, but he has already commented on his retirement by simply saying “I’m not done.”

There was no shortage of drama leading up to the game against the New England Patriots, especially with Antonio Brown. As the Steelers players all had to answer questions continuously throughout the week about Brown‘s Facebook post, not much has changed as players and coaches are now being asked about a situation that happened during the game. According to a reporter from NFL Network, Antonio Brown was clearly seen “pouting” on the sideline after the Deangelo Williams touchdown. When asked about his knowledge of Brown‘s pouting, Roethlisberger laughed and said “I don’t remember.” Roethlisberger then confirmed the pouting on his next comment.

“He is one of the best in the business with the plays that he makes and has made over the course of his career. We wouldn’t be where we are without some of the plays that he makes. I think that sometimes overshadows the extra stuff, the hands up, the arms up, the frustration, the pouting, things like that.”

As if this wasn’t enough drama, Roethlisberger made a comment stating that “everyone in the locker room” knew about Le’Veon Bell‘s groin injury heading into the game on Sunday. Le’Veon Bell was not put on the injury list and the Steelers failed to release a statement all week regarding the injury. It was believed that Bell was injured on his fifth carry of the game, but that has come out to not be true. Mike Tomlin commented on Bell‘s injury on Tuesday.

“I am aware of that [prior knowledge of injury], he did a great job of managing it. It didn’t cause him to miss any game time, any practice time. It was just something to manage, I think when you look at the journey that is the season, just about every guy down there is dealing with and managing something in an effort to stay on the grass. So I was aware of it.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a lot to think about as they head into the offseason. With questions arising at who will be returning and who will be staying, it will be intriguing to see how everything plays out.